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French Studies

Did you know...?
  • According to a survey conducted by "Devex Career Trends for 2015," French is the language most in demand (after English) by global recruiters. Read more...
  • Students can study abroad during their sophomore, junior or senior years! Learn more at the Center for Global Education.

French Cultural Events

Join us to learn outside the classroom!

Table Française / French Chat

Become more acquainted with the French culture while practicing your language skills with other French students in a relaxed environment. Casual conversation while eating dinner! 

Mondays  •  5:00-6:30 PM  •  Alternating between the Refectory and Gorecki Dining Hall
SJU: Jan. 23, Feb. 20, April 3
CSB: Feb. 6, March 20, May 1

French Films

Film showings this semester will include Les Intouchables, Monsieur Lazhar, and Les Choristes

March 23, 2017 at 7:15 PM, Little Theater (Quad 346) SJU

March 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM, HAB 101 CSB

April 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM, HAB 101 CSB

Please check your email for more information!

Présentation Québequoise - Virgil Benoit, Marie Béïque, and Richard Joubert

March 31, 2017 at 3:00 PM, RICH P39, CSB

French Mass

Sunday, April 23 at 3 PM at the Sacred Heart Chapel.

Madame Dillery WWII Presentation (Short Film)

April 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM, location TBD.

Festival Lyrique

April 27th, 2017 at 5 pm, HCC Alum Hall, CSB.

It can be a poem, a song, original or learned, whatever you choose in French! RSVP to [email protected] if interested in performing.

Celebrating Scholarship & Creativity Day - April 27, 2017

The Department of Languages and Cultures invites you to attend our students' senior capstone presentations and research.

** Watch for French Club Events! Crepe nights, French Park!, and more...

List of French T.V. Series Available on VOD Platforms

11 Top Reasons To Take French

  1. Be understood in 43 countries across five continents and by over 200 million people.
  2. Knowing French makes you more competitive in the national and international job market in disciplines like business, medicine, aviation, law, automotive, distribution and luxury goods.
  3. As the third most common language on the Internet, you can connect with pen pals, visit foreign websites and find exchange student opportunities.
  4. You will develop your critical, creative thinking and problem solving skills. French also provides the base for more than 50% of the modern English vocabulary, which can help you perform better on standardized tests.
  5. Open the doors to art, music, fashion, food, architecture and literature.
  6. Learning French helps you learn other Romance languages like Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian.
  7. Enhance your travel experiences while discovering a new appreciation for other cultures in countries like: France, Canada, Switzerland Monaco and many African nations [as well as in the Caribbean, Pacific Islands and Indian Ocean territories].
  8. Use French to pursue studies [or service work] in francophone countries.
  9. French is a soft, melodious, romantic language with a relatively quick learning curve.
  10. Promote language diversity throughout the world.
  11. French is an official working language of the UN, NATO, UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee, the European Union, the International Red Cross and much more!

(From American Association of Teachers of French)

Common Curriculum Learning Goals for Classics

Students will:

  • Demonstrate a minimum proficiency level of Intermediate-Low, as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, in at least two of the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Such a level means that students have a functional command of the target language that allows them to communicate limited basic needs and ideas, and negotiate simple situations.
  • Demonstrate awareness of a variety of cultural contexts in which the target language is used, and have a functional command of the basic rules of social interaction in that language.

"Learning a new language with no previous background or classes was a challenge but so rewarding. The language was one of the many highlights of my abroad experience."

Joshua Eggebraaten
Biology/Pre-Dentistry Major
SJU Student Ambassador to France


Alum Spotlight

Katie Tomten '12

During her time at CSB, Katie appreciated the French studies department for its multidisciplinary approach to learning. “The great thing about the program is that it wasn’t completely centered on France and Eurocentric populations,” she says. “It widened my perspective by including all of the [French-speaking] countries." This fall, Katie will head to Massachusetts where she will attend the education policy and management program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read her story here.

French Teaching Assistantship

Three French majors (pictured from L to R: Ruth Becker, Meg Anderson and Kaitlin Heidelberger) were selected to serve as Teaching Assistants of English in schools in France during academic year 2017-2018. Ruth will be headed to the Nantes region, Meg to the Versailles region and Kaitlin to the Caen region. Félicitations à toutes! Et, bon courage!!

Apply here or get more information on the French Teaching Assistantship.

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